The Desk of the National President

Great Akokites:

Happy New Year,

On behalf of the National Executive Committee of the University of Lagos Alumni Association, I am writing to convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to you all, as we reflect on an eventful 2019 and shift our focus to the new year. There’s no
gainsaying that the past 12 months have been marked by some remarkable achievements. In fact, looking back, we have many reasons to be proud as alumni of Nigeria’s foremost University; the University of first choice.

In February, we signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Zenith Bank Plc to construct a three-story building on the Alumni tract of land. I am happy to report that work has begun in earnest on the site towards putting in place an edifice that will be the cynosure of all eyes once completed in the next 18 months.

We marked the 50th anniversary of the Association in October. Leading up to the peak of the week was the Alumni Lecture where former UN Chief, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella presented a riveting paper on the topic ‘How Nigeria can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030’. At the grand finale, when we held our Distinguished Alumni Awards, we gathered Alumni and Friends of the Association from all walks of life. Of particular note was the Vice President of the Federation, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON; The Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Governors Sanwoolu, Fayemi and Oyetola, Chairman Zenith Bank, Dr. Jim Ovia, Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri, and several other notable guests. Towards the event, a number of our Alumni, Friends and corporate bodies contributed copiously to our coffers, a feat we intend to replicate in greater measure as we renew the drive to put up a hostel for students. Sadly, our Pioneer President, Pa Omokayode Anjorin, passed away shortly after the Golden Jubilee celebration. We are happy that he was able to attend the grand finale, gave us his blessing and joyfully received his Distinguished Alumnus award, before passing away peacefully. We pray that God grants his soul repose.

The Alumni newsletter, a quarterly magazine that highlights notable activities of the association and its alumni was launched in 2019, a year that also witnessed a good number of our alumni recording laudable achievements in different fields of endeavor. At the end of last year, Unilag Alumni accounted for 7 State Governors and 2 Deputy Governors.

A number of lawmakers including the Honorable Speaker of the House of Representatives were either elected or returned to their seats in the National Assembly.

Four Unilag Alumni were appointed Ministers while four others assumed office as Ministers of State. Another Alumni Chief Justice John Tsoho was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja,

In the private sector, a number of our Alumni rose to head their organizations. They are Mr. Demola Adebise of WEMA Bank and Mr. Fola Aiyesimoju of UACN to name a few. These achievements and more made 2019 a glorious year for the Alumni Association.

Great Akokites, remember that you are the heartbeat of our University. This is why I would like to reiterate that Alumni members will continue to be our strength and our tag line to signify the critical and important role the Association will play, in advancing the vision of our Alma Mater.

I have no doubt that our best days as an association are still to come. With your support, the oneness of purpose and the collective selfless determination to continue to uphold the brand “Unilag”, our Association shall grow from strength to strength.

May The Lord bless and keep you all, now and always.

Sincerely,
JM

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